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Shareware CD-ROMs

One of the most historically important artifacts to come from the home computer telecommunications revolution was shareware CDs, compact discs put out by companies containing hundreds of megabytes of shareware. Initially containing less than the full capacity of the discs (600mb, later 700mb) these items eventually began brimming with any sort of computer data that could be packaged and sold. As material "ran out", that is, as sellers of these CDs found they were unable to easily find shareware programs and files, the hunt began to track down every last file and item that could make the quarterly or monthly quota. As a result, many otherwise-lost pieces of computer history were gathered up in the trawling nets of these individuals and companies and were preserved for future generations.
Some computer bulletin board services would attach banks of CD-ROM drives to their machines to allow users to access the discs, allowing the system operators (SysOps) to claim the BBS had thousands of files available. For this market, CD makers would declare their CDs "BBS Ready", meaning an easily-readable directory of file descriptions was located on the CDs to be read by the BBS software.

While many of the CDs contain shareware programs, a number branched into music, graphics, animations and movies. Additionally, the advent of an internet open to the general public heralded massive collected sets of files which CD makers happily mirrored and made available to the BBS market. Eventually, as operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD became more widely available, CDs were perfect distribution mechanisms for the very large libraries and file collections associated with them.

A number of the initial CD images for this collection came courtesy of the CD BBS of Twin Falls, Idaho, operated by Mark Fugitt (sysop) and Mike Laybourn (remote sysop). The system used a Harris 286 CPU operating at 20MHZ, two 65 Megabit Seagate RLL hard drives and a Dennon CD player that used a "cart" to hold the CD. The BBS was started using RBBS software, a single phone line with 2400 baud modem and a shareware CD.

Additional donations of CD-ROMs have come from Erik Pederson, Peter Simpson, Chuck Gilbert, Koos van den Hout, MCbx, Jason Scott, Tim Hazel, and others.

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Jan 13, 2017 Aztech New Media
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Aztech New Media Corp. Presents The Home Entertainment Shareware Collection Volume 7 Children's Shareware Games
Topics: shareware, games
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Romtech Galaxy of Games Vol 1 and 2 - Win31 (Eng)
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Dec 20, 2016
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Romtech Galaxy of Games Vol 3 - Win95 (Eng)
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Dec 20, 2016
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Micro Star Game Gallery Vol1 - Win31 (Eng)
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Nov 17, 2016 PC-WELT
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CD with many system tuning Shareware and Freeware tools that was shipped as part of the magazine PC-WELT.
Topics: shareware, freeware, tools, pcwelt
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Nov 16, 2016 H&H Software
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Unprotect 6.0 CD
Topics: shareware, cheats, guides, demos, patches
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Oct 29, 2016 ASC
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German Shareware CD with 200 games and 150 applications.
Topics: shareware, games, cdrom
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Jun 20, 2016
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Metatec Intro To Nautilus CD-ROM
Topics: CD-ROM, Software, Potatotrap
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Jun 19, 2016
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Beginner's French CD-ROM
Topics: Learn French Language, Potatotrap
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Jun 19, 2016 Berkeley Macintosh User's Group
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BMUG Newsletter from Spring 1996
Topics: free software, BMUG, Berkeley Mac Users Group, Potatotrap, Potatotrap
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Jun 18, 2016 Berkeley Macintosh User's Group
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Berkeley MUG TV-ROM is a CD-ROM featuring quicktime format media from "back in the day"
Topics: free software, BMUG, Berkeley Mac Users Group, Potatotrap, Potatotrap
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Jun 16, 2016 Berkeley Macintosh User's Group
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Berkeley Macintosh User's Group TV-ROM on CD-ROM
Topics: free software, BMUG, Berkeley Mac Users Group, BMUG
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Jun 16, 2016
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This BMUG Games disc is a CD-ROM filled with shareware /  freeware / Public Domain software of the day
Topics: free software, BMUG, Berkeley Mac Users Group, Potatotrap
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Jun 16, 2016 Berkeley Macintosh User's Group
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BMUG PD-ROM B4
Topics: free software, BMUG, Berkeley Mac Users Group, Potatotrap, freeware, shareware, ancient software,...
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Jun 16, 2016 Berkeley Macintosh User's Group
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BMUG Public Domain CD-ROM
Topics: free software, BMUG, Berkeley Mac Users Group, Potatotrap
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Jun 15, 2016 Netpower
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Netpower Magazine software magazine extra on CD-ROM
Topics: CD-ROM, old software, Potatotrap, freeware, shareware, Netpower Magazine, Potatotrap
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Jun 15, 2016
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A Survey Of Western Art 1993 Ebook
Topics: ebook, Potatotrap, CD-ROM
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Jun 14, 2016 Macworld
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Macworld Super Stacks CD-ROM this .ISO image is a very old disc filled with Hypercard stacks for Macintosh computers.
Topics: Macworld, Hypercard, Stacks, CD-ROM, Potatotrap
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Jun 14, 2016 Macworld
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Macworld magazine bonus disc (.iso format for the archive) filled with June 1996-era freeware and shareware for Macintosh computers.
Topics: freeware, shareware, Macworld, Bob Stahl, CD-ROM, Potatotrap, shareware, cd-rom, Macworld
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Jun 14, 2016 Berkeley Macintosh User's Group
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BMUG PD-ROM Fall '96
Topics: free software, BMUG, Berkeley Mac Users Group, Potatotrap, freeware, shareware, ancient software,...
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Jun 14, 2016 Berkeley Macintosh User's Group
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BMUG, the Berkeley, CA Mac Users Group published many volumes of shareware, freeware, and public domain files. This ISO disc image is filled with license-free fonts.
Topics: free software, BMUG, Berkeley Mac Users Group, Potatotrap, BMUG, fonts, disc image
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Mar 28, 2016
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cdrom special6
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cdrom sound1
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TACTICAL OPS
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SPOWER
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SGC8
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PPROG1
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POWERCD7
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PGB5
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CHARTB01
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Mar 28, 2016
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BURKS AUG97
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Mar 20, 2016
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Shareware Heaven 5 (Most Significant Bits)
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Shareware Extravaganza 8 (Most Significant Bits)
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Scene 96 International Edition (Zyklop Software)
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Network Support Encyclopedia Professional Volume (Novell)
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Mar 20, 2016
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Microsoft TechNet (September 1996)
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Magnum One (Mid-American Digital) (Disc Manufacturing)
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Mar 20, 2016
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Linux Developers Resource (October 1994)
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Developers Information Library - Issue 19 (May 2002)
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Mar 20, 2016
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SUPER CD III (Groupware)
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Mar 20, 2016
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OB Data File (P.I.E.) (1994)
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McAfee Internet Security Suite (770-1032-00) 8.0 (2006)
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Mar 20, 2016
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Honeybee Hot Shareware (Power Source, Inc.)
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Mar 20, 2016
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Cream of the Crop 9 (Terry Blount)
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Citibank PC Banking - Direct Access 6.1 (Citicorp) (1998)
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Mar 20, 2016
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Zoom CD Release 2 (Active Software) (1996)
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XXX Women Disk 7
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Mar 20, 2016
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World's Best Butts (1995)
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Win95 Giga Pack (Maple Media) (1997)
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Mar 20, 2016
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Tight Squeeze (Red Hot Enterprises) (1995)
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Mar 20, 2016
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The X-Philes Number 1 (1995)
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Mar 20, 2016
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The Fifth Dimension (Volume 5) (17 Bit) (1995)
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Mar 20, 2016
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The Atari Compendium (Toad Computers) (1994)
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The Analyzer Adult Photographs (Powersource Multimedia) (1995)
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Mar 20, 2016
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The Adult Reference Library Volume 1.a
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Mar 20, 2016
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Telecom (Walnut Creek) (April 1996)
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T and A 2 The Max Number 6 (Maxx Productions) (1994)
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T and A 2 The Max Number 5 (Maxx Productions) (1994)
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T and A 2 The Max Number 2 (Maxx Productions) (1994)
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T and A 2 The Max Number 1 (Maxx Productions) (1993)
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Mar 20, 2016
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Szene Clipartz (MediaGlovbe) (1998)
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Mar 20, 2016
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Sweetwill (MCD Group) (1995)
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Mar 20, 2016
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Super Smutware (Volume II)
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Mar 20, 2016
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Storm III - Adam and Eve Portfolio
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Start Now - MSN Premier from Microsoft Version 2.6 (098-80846) (1998)
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Start Now - MSN Premier from Microsoft Version 2.5 (098-72117) (1998)
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Software of the Month Club - Ultimate Collection Shareware (Volume 254) (October 1998)
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Software of the Month Club - Software Showcase - 242
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Software of the Month Club - Software Showcase - 139 (1997)
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Software of the Month Club - Software Showcase (Volume 249) (May 1998)
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Software of the Month Club - Software Showcase (Volume 245) (January 1998)
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Software of the Month Club - Software Showcase (Volume 243)
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Software of the Month Club - Family Forum (Volume 255)
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Software of the Month Club - Family Forum (Volume 254)